My 11 year old son was clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease this February. Unfortunately, no lab test to date has confirmed this. He's been on antibiotic therapy for 2 months and his symptoms have worsened: dizziness, lack of concentration, severe back and stomach pain, weakness But it's been a gradual decline, not a classic Herx. Prior to finding a good Lyme Dr. he was diagnosed with Fibromylagia, gastric reflux, and insomnia related to such. Even our LL doctor said that if he hasn't improved by now, he may not have Lyme but he doesn't know what it is that he does have. The only irregularity in all of his tests are elevated liver enzymes. We're afraid that if we go through the mainstream they will stop the antibiotics. But do now know what else to do. This is a kid that's missed 3 months of school. Help. Jeninma
Hi. My son tested slight positive for Bartonella in February and was treated with Minocin. More recently, his test results came back negative for Bartonella. Otherwise, he's on oral 1,000 mgs of Amoxycillin and Azithromycin per day. He was also prescribed Tindomax but we've only managed to give him two doses as he became so ill on it and he's already in so much pain and discomfort.
We have to decide if we should take him to our local Childrens Hospital or stick with this. Any advice is appreciated... Thanks, Jen
** edited to remove dosage of zith, but left dosage of amoxy for discussion purposes, please see Loub's post at top of medical regarding posting dosages **
Personally, I think the tests are pretty useless. Many people with Lyme and coinfections continually test negative. If you haven't treated for Bartonella, it is likely it did not go away. For Bart, levaquin / Factive? Cipro seem to be the best treatment with the fastest results. I have been taking Cipro for 5 months and the improvements have been drastic. and Cipro is the weakest drug in this family....he will need to take a lot of Magnesium Glycenate at the same time, to avoid tendon ruptures. Would it be a possibility to see a new Doc?
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Jeninma, first of all, what made you think your son had lyme in the first place? My guess is that your son has problems that orignate from his stomach... How was his Fibro diagnosed? How did all this start? Was he in an accident? Did he have mental issues?
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quote:Originally posted by jeninma: Hi. My son tested slight positive for Bartonella in February and was treated with Minocin. More recently, his test results came back negative for Bartonella.
One month isn't very long for treating bartonella and usually it's treated with rifampin or levaquin. I don't know that mino reaches bart (it didn't touch mine at all). Testing is for antibodies so can only be used to confirm diagnosis. He had a positive test, so you know he's be exposed.
Since you know he's been exposed, according to my LLMD, from then on you treat based on symptoms. It sounds like bart is still a distinct possibilty.
I would also read on the forum about parasites. You may also look into dysbiosis of the gut. Many of us have problems with these two things in addition to the Lyme (and because of the Lyme/treatment).
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Our now 11 yr. old daugher has been on mepron/zithromax for 13 months - zith alone has not been proven to be adequate anainst Lyme and this is for her babs.
She was on Tindamax, started slowly the first week then two days / week which she tolerated well (except for an apparent loss in appetite we didn't notice till later).
After 4 months we more than doubled the Tindamex dose (3 days, twice/day) but had to stop due to itching. Reduced back to the 2 days once per.
We attribute the Tindamax to a marked improvement in the Lyme symptoms. We did have to take her off of it (we managed the itching with other meds -Zirtec) but she was becoming anexoric and we stopped.
We didn't believe she had Bart but now are not sure.
Note she has always been negative for the tests, the best was 3 positive bands one time via Igenex.
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